Learning Centre
Mall Galleries
17 Carlton House Terrace



This project is about the adaptive re-use of a Grade-I Listed monolithic structure. The brief was to design a bespoke space for the gallery to house their education programme. The brick vaulted chambers which lie below the forecourt to Carlton House Terrace, were in a state of dis-repair. We refurbished them and enclosed a light well to create a link to the main terrace.

The design was conceived as a sequence of actions closely related to the construction process, working as an artist might with a found landscape – the central questions were what to remove, how to treat what is retained, and how to make contemporary additions.

Once the almost grotto-like quality of the existing spaces had been revealed and restored, the challenge was to create a dry working environment within a fundamentally damp structure. The new plywood lining to floor and walls is conceived as a singular installation within the original monolithic architecture.

Main Workshop Space

Learning Centre
Mall Galleries
17 Carlton House Terrace



This project is about the adaptive re-use of a Grade-I Listed monolithic structure. The brief was to design a bespoke space for the gallery to house their education programme. The brick vaulted chambers which lie below the forecourt to Carlton House Terrace, were in a state of dis-repair. We refurbished them and enclosed a light well to create a link to the main terrace.

The design was conceived as a sequence of actions closely related to the construction process, working as an artist might with a found landscape – the central questions were what to remove, how to treat what is retained, and how to make contemporary additions.

Once the almost grotto-like quality of the existing spaces had been revealed and restored, the challenge was to create a dry working environment within a fundamentally damp structure. The new plywood lining to floor and walls is conceived as a singular installation within the original monolithic architecture.

Main Workshop Space